Mobile DRAM prices keep on rising

Mobile DRAM revenue rose by 5.3% q-o-q to a record high of $8.435 billion, reports DRAMeXchange. The mobile DRAM market will be seeing a moderation of the price upswing in 2Q18. Nevertheless, demand from major Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo, remains strong. With phone-makers raising  the memory densities of  2018 models, DRAMeXchange ...

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SEMI April billings up 26% y-o-y

SEMI’s  April billings were 10.7% up on March’s $2.43 billion at $2.6 billion. April 2018 billings were 26% higher than the April 2017 figure of $2.13 billion. “April 2018 monthly billings for North American equipment manufacturers surpassed the October 2000 record high of $2.6 billion,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Storage, artificial ...

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Tech start-ups – it’s not as easy as it looks

Research conducted by Studio Graphene, an agency that supports start-ups to commercial status, charts the experiences of tech start-up founders’ experiences. (Spoiler alert: it’s not as easy as they thought.) The survey of over 100 founders of London-based tech business reported finding over half found it took longer than they thought to launch a business ...

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Hindley Circuits makes second acquisition

 Hindley Circuits of Cramlington – the PCB and assembly services specialist – has made  its second acquisition in  a matter of months. Hindley’s latest acquisition is electronic product design and repair specialists Irridian Industrial Electronics to significantly enhance the company’s offering. And the strategic move comes on the back of the business– that is only in its second ...

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Toshiba in mass production of three-phase brushless motor driver IC

In April, Toshiba started mass production of a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The device – the  TC78B025FTG – is intended for small fan applications in servers, home appliances and industrial equipment. The cooling fans used in servers and other appliances must be small and rotate ...

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Element14 launches Beaglebone webinar series

Element14 has launched a 6 part bi-weekly BeagleBone webinar series. Presented by Jason Kridner, the co-founder and board member at BeagleBoard.org Foundation  and the element14 team,  the series provides community members with a grounding in the fundamentals of BeagleBone and will show how to have fun with BeagleBone  boards. The series includes the following episodes: Introduction to BeagleBone BeagleBone for ...

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Toshiba Memory HQ to move for Bain/Hynix takeover

Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) is to move its HQ from the Hamamatsucho Building (Toshiba Building pictured Left below) to Tamachi Station Tower S in the Tamachi district (pictured right below). Since getting Chinese approval last week for the sale of the business to a consortium led by Bain and Hynix, Toshiba has been preparing to ...

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Sony buys EMI as part of transition strategy

Sony has bought out the other significant shareholder, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Group, from ownership of EMI Music Publishing as part of its transition strategy. Today, CEO Kenichiro Yoshida (pictured) is expected to announce Sony’s transition from being a hardware company to becoming a company based on gaming subscriptions, software, entertainment, content and services. Buying Mubadala’s ...

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Kudelski to provide security for u-blox IoT products

Kudelski Group, the Swiss security specialists, are to provide the security for u-blox’s IoT devices. Kudelski and u‑blox agreed to collaborate toward integrating the Kudelski IoT Security Suite into multiple u-blox product lines. “Digital transformation and IoT projects can only achieve their objectives if security is designed from the start, and a long-term, security lifecycle ...

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ST publishes 21st sustainability report.

ST has published its 21st sustainability report – an annual  report instituted to highlight and maintain  the conpany’s commitment to the environment and sustainable growth. Highlights of the report for 2017 are: ST reinvested about 31% of total revenues in R&D and capex  & development – an investment in innovation and future growth; ST strengthened ...

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